13th July 2017, 20:55
BRADFORD CAPTURE HALLAS ON A PERMANENT DEAL
Bradford Bulls are pleased to announce Sam Hallas has signed a contract with the club until the end of the 2019 season.
Hallas, sponsored by the Bradford Bulls Supporters Group, initially joined the Bulls on a one month loan deal from Leeds Rhinos at the start of the season. Following his success at the Bulls, Hallas’ deal was extended to a week by week basis.
The hooker’s determination and passion combined with his skill, earned him the role of vice-captain of the club having rapidly become a fan favourite whilst completing an average of 60 tackles a game.
Co–owner Andrew Chalmers commented on Hallas’ signing: “We are really pleased that Sam has agreed to come on full time with us. He’s been a brilliant addition to the squad this year.
“At the start of the year he was held back by a tough foot injury, but he has come back to the squad and made a huge impact.
“He’s a fantastic player with plenty of passion and pride, that’s why we made him the vice-captain. Having that mixed with his talent will take this young man far with the club.”
Hallas admitted on his return from injury, that despite being a Leeds Rhinos player at the time, he always wanted to play for the Bulls.
The Leeds born player spoke of his delight on the move and being club captain during Scott Moore’s absence: “It’s great, it’s a real honour. The Bulls is a massive club and the fact that they see me in their long-term plans with someone like Geoff Toovey is a really big thing for me.
“It shows that he has belief in me and the things that I can do, so all that I can do is try to repay him.
“Being captain was a really good experience for me, a really big achievement that I will take with me throughout my career.
“Playing big minutes is something that I always felt was a part of my game but I’ve never really had the chance to do it, but now I’m pretty much playing 80 minutes week in week out and I feel I am doing it comfortably, so the more minutes I get the better it is for me.
“I like the responsibility aspect of it, I like to try my best to lead by example and do the right thing both on and off the field, so to have that responsibility is a real big thing for me.
“I’m only 20 years old so I am going to make mistakes but I am not afraid to make them. As long as I learn from them and conduct myself properly when they do happen, then it can only benefit me.
“This is a great opportunity for me and to test my abilities. While I have been here on loan I have felt at home and I’ve learnt a lot off some really experienced people. Coming on full time concretes that and gives me a better feeling of stability.
“I’m excited for what they future holds with this club.”